Raspple II

Sold your old Apple II at a boot sale?

Regretted it?

Like to re-live the days of your youth?

Turn your Raspberry Pi into an Apple II..!

Raspple II” is a distribution of the Raspian operating system which includes everything you need to turn your Raspberry Pi into an Apple II 6502 vintage computer.

To use it, get a blank 8 gig SD card, format it as “FAT” and choose “select all” and drag all the files from the Raspple Folder to the SD card.  Then boot up your Raspberry Pi.

If you have already got an installation on your SD card, save this on your Windows PC as a disk using Win2diskimager.

On your LInux machine, using “Disk Utility” to delete the partitions on the SD card. I.e. make it back into a blank FAT formatted SD card.

When you boot your Raspberry Pi  with the “Raspple” distro you just downloaded, it will re-partition and format the SD card as new, so it is important all existing partitions are deleted. If you don’t delete existing partitions on the SD card, not the whole SD card will be used, and it will be as if you inserted a card with a smaller memory size.

 On Ubuntu, “Disk Utility” is available in the “Software Center“.

One your Pi boots up, you will see a command line.


sudo raspi-config

Set it to load the Graphical User Interface (GUI), next time. Re-boot.

If you have bought the kit from e.g. Maplins, which includes a Wifi dongle, click on the “Wifi Config” (fourth icon down on the left-hand side). Click scan, and then enter the password which, if you have forgotten, is printed on a sticker underneath your router!

Once your Pi is connected to the Internet, you can type


This will get the Apple II GS emulator going.

To connect your old Apple II and use the Pi as a file server, you have to get a £2 adaptor off Amazon.

Search for:

Generic USB 2.0 to RS232 DB9 9 Pin Serial Port Adapter For Windows 7 64 Bits

This is the cheapest I could find. Why pay more?  

If you have an apple iIc, it has two built in serial ports. You need to get a couple of 180 Din connectors and make up two leads.  You can do this by getting a null modem lead and cut it in half.

If you have got an Apple II or II+ or IIe, you need to get a serial card.  A IIe can use a Workstation card via AppleTalk (expensive option).  

Kegs seems to work better if you use Raspple than if you try to install it on top of your existing Pi installation.